Photo of Obama Shooting Skeet Stirs Controversy

The White House says the photo was taken last August at Camp David.

By SHARE
In this photo released by the White House, President Barack Obama shoots clay targets on the range at Camp David, Md., Saturday, Aug. 4, 2012.
In this photo released by the White House, President Barack Obama shoots clay targets on the range at Camp David, Md., Saturday, Aug. 4, 2012.

The uproar over gun control won't subside. The latest incident to stir the pot is the White House release of a photograph of President Obama shooting skeet at Camp David, which gun enthusiasts derided as a public relations ploy designed to falsely suggest that Obama understands gun culture.

The photo fuss occurred as Obama prepared to give a speech in Minnesota Monday to explain his proposals for curbing gun violence, prompted by the massacre at a Connecticut elementary school in December.

"I believe he shot skeet and if he does it and enjoys it, that's wonderful," said Scott Melchisedech, former president of the Minnesota Skeet Shooting Association. He told NBC, however, "I could work with him a little bit on his form" because Obama doesn't appear to have used a shotgun very often.

[PHOTOS: President Obama Unveils Gun Control Measures]

The White House released the official photo, taken at Camp David last August, in response to news media requests for proof that Obama had actually shot skeet, which he claimed to have done in a recent interview with the New Republic.

Some gun-control opponents expressed concern in the social media that the photo, released over the weekend, was a fake, although there is no evidence that this is true.

[READ: Opinion | Should Obama's Gun Control Proposals Be Enacted?]

Wayne LaPierre, chief executive of the National Rifle Association, told Fox News Sunday that Obama's real goal is to confiscate firearms from law-abiding citizens. "During the campaign," LaPierre argued, "when he said to people, 'I will not take away your rifle, shotgun, handgun,' they leafleted the country with fliers like this: 'Obama's not going to take your gun.' 'Obama will protect gun rights.' And now he's trying to take away all three."

Ken Walsh covers the White House and politics for U.S. News. He writes the daily blog "Ken Walsh's Washington" for usnews.com, and is the author of "The Presidency" column for the U.S. News Weekly. He can be reached at kwalsh@usnews.com and followed on Facebook and Twitter.